The Healer…

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Thoughts of what could have been

Linger in my mind throughout the night

Although I try to uncover the unseen

Yet still I have no insight

 

Of what use is it anyway

For my thoughts keep me on a lonely hill

I found out it only leads to dismay

For my heart aches and my mind cannot be still

 

I am caught in the tangles of the past

As I drown in my memories so deep

For the memories that are so vast

I cannot refuse to weep

 

My face is wet with tears

To comfort me no one dares

When I think of all the years

Indeed nothing else compares

 

I am told wounds heal

As you go along in life

But like a true seal

Some wounds are for life

 

I have read that there is a saviour

I have read that he heals the broken

I have read that he is unlike any other neighbour

I have read that his arms are always wide open

 

So to Him I will run

So to Him I will call upon

For until the rising of the sun

There is always the dawn

 

I have found the saviour

I have found the one who heals the broken

I have found the one who is unlike any other neighbour

I have found the one whose arms are always wide open

 

I have come to realize one thing

It is that wounds don’t heal as you go along in life

One day or the other, you will feel that sting

And it will hurt like you were stabbed with a knife

 

Wounds don’t heal when you go along in life

Rather, wounds heal when you find the healer

And he is no other than Jesus Christ.

From Broken to Made Whole

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It was a hot summer night

When she received a call she was not ready for.
“It’s over”….said her boyfriend on the other line.
“Alright”….said she, after a minute of silence.

 

As she sat things seemed so unclear

Her tender cheeks wet with tears

Her childlike eyes filled with fear
As she thought of all her lost years

 

A pain she had never felt before
Struck her when she thought of him the more
She felt the walls of her room closing in…
There was nowhere to go, no one to turn to…

 

Where do I go from here? She asked.
What do I do now? She wondered.

 

Her life was filled with pain, hurt and rejection
She had now reached the point of depression
She cried all night till it was day
She cried for many days, unable to pray

 

O what a sight! Seeing her in such dismay
With time she went astray
For everything seemed so grey

 

She spoke to no one about her pain.
After all, what would she gain?

 

Like Adele, she thought she could find someone like him
Her soul was thirsty for love the love she once had with him
This, she looked for in all the wrong places
But all she found were men of different races

 

From one person to another
It all began to seem like a bother
Till she could finally take it with no other.

 

Running to the place where it all began, she locked herself up in her room and for the first time in months she went on her knees and said:

 

“Lord! Where do I go from here after this experience? What do I do now with all this heartache and pain? Where are you Father? I’m broken! I’m hurting! Please…help me…I want you…I just want you”

 

After months of being emotionally weak
These were the only words she could speak

 

But as she stayed on her knees the words in Psalm 55:22 began to ring in her heart:  “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

 

She remembered Matthew 11:28-29:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

 

As she knelt down she heard a voice saying:
“The LORD has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To console those who mourn and give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Come and lay down the burdens you have carried in exchange for rest, peace and joy. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 

 

His voice spoke words that filled her heart with peace.
At those words she smiled, knowing that all her pain would cease.
She knew she could depend on His love.
For it was that which was from above.

 

She knew that in Him she could be strong and in Him she would have that rest and peace she had longed for.

 

She reached out for her Bible
Knowing it was reliable
She searched for the promises of God concerning her
His promises to which she could refer

 

From that moment onwards she was undaunted! She found her strength in God and lived a life filled with love, joy and peace.

 

Yes, she had been hurt and had made wrong choices but she decided to run to Jesus and found her strength in Him.

 

She was now content within her soul.
For she had moved from being broken to made whole.
She now received love like no other.
For she had found a friend closer than a brother.

 

Her song of pain and sorrow turned into a song of joy and happiness as she sang:

 

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, thus saith the Lord.

 

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more

 

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

 

To all the women out there who are hurting and in pain…those who are daunted and distressed…those who don’t know the next steps to take in this new month and are not sure how the year will end for them this is for you.

 

You may have been rejected, abused, disappointed and battered…but don’t give up on yourself. Know that there is still hope for you.

 

You may have made wrong choices and gone astray but know that His hands are not too short to pull you out of the web you find yourself in.

 

He is in the good times and in the bad times so you can be sure that He is in the difficult times with you. He is your Shepherd and will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

If you have been looking for comfort, love, joy, peace and security in all the wrong places but have not turned to Jesus it’s not too late.

 

He is ever ready to receive you in His loving arms. He is ever ready to comfort you, to keep you in perfect peace, to heal you from your pain, to give you beauty for ashes, to be your true love and walk with you for the rest of your life.

 

Don’t be chased out of His presence because of the pain, the hurt, the affliction…rather run to Him. His arms are wide open. He is eager to hug and kiss you. Let Jesus be that friend that you run to. Let Him be the one you trust. He loves you more than any man or woman can ever love you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He alone can make you whole and He’ll be with you till the end. ❤️

YES TO JESUS

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”-John 3:16

There is a God so great, a God so amazing, a God so kind, a God so faithful, a God so gracious, a God so loving, a God so mighty, a God so merciful. He is the great I AM! My all in all! The mender of the broken heart, the Father to the fatherless. In His love, He gave us a gift, His Son Jesus Christ, that we may be saved and have eternal life.

The day I got born again and accepted Jesus was the day I received LIFE! In every sense of the word. All my sins forgiven, all the shame taken away, every pain healed, my past erased. And a new chapter started in my life on a fresh white page. Have there been ups and downs? Oh YES! There have been! But in every situation God was present. For indeed HE PROMISED that HE WILL NEVER LEAVE ME NOR FORSAKE ME! Indeed He never has! Not once! Not even for a second. Since then I’ve been changed and found joy unspeakable, grace, favor, peace and love like no other. He is faithful to me even when I am not faithful. Even when I am hard headed and stubborn, He still stays close to me as my Dad. He scolds me and disciplines me when He has to and in all those times, I feel His love for me and it is because of His love for me and the joy and peace I have within me, knowing who I am in Christ Jesus that I so earnestly desire to share His word with others, that they too may partake in this love, in this joy, in this peace that nothing and no one else can give.

There was a time in my life I thought other things could replace the void I felt in my heart, but nothing ever did. Until I opened up my heart and made that decision to receive Jesus Christ into my life, and that’s when my whole life changed. The day I said YES to Jesus, was the day I became a new person. That began the journey of total transformation in my life, where God took my heart and started to work on it that it be as pure as gold, took my mind, transforming it to the mind of Christ and took my will, conforming it to His. I made up my mind and decided in spirit, my heart and my soul to submit to God and do His will. To live for Him, to serve Him and lay down my life for Him.

That’s when I started my journey with God, a beautiful journey with my Father. There may be have been ups and downs, obstacles that have come…but there has been something in me that has kept me going! That I said YES to Jesus and there is no turning back! No! No matter what happens, No matter what comes my way…I will continue to say YES, I will continue to OBEY, My souls says YES, My mind says YES, my heart says YES, That I will say what He wants me to say, go where He wants me to go, do what He wants me to do, teach what He wants me to teach…no matter the setbacks, no matter the trials, I will declare His Word, no matter how many times I fall, I will get back up, with His help, I will get back up, there is no giving up, NO GIVING UP! The journey isn’t over yet. There is no way I am going back! For how can I taste of this goodness and want to go back??? I CAN’T! THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!

We haven’t yet crossed the finished line. God is still holding my hand on this journey. For those of you whose passion has died down, those who feel like giving up, I pray for a renewal, and pray that God renews your desire and passion to grow and walk in His will like never before. I pray for a move of God in this nation like never before! That the manifestation of the sons and daughters of God will be seen throughout this nation, throughout our continent and throughout the world.

Sometimes we don’t realise how deeply we need Jesus! But we do. He is all we need. He is ALL we need. I don’t know where I would be without Jesus. Today God is calling you out of darkness into light, out of depression, out of your dry places, out of ignorance, out of drunkenness, out of sexual immorality and out of bondage to follow Him and to live for Him. To partake in His love, in His peace, in His joy…He said call upon Him and He will answer you. The day you hear His voice, don’t harden your heart. He is calling you to a better life, a better journey, a better walk with Him. Say YES to Jesus, call upon Him, invite Him to live in your heart and be the Lord of your life and you won’t regret it.

Let them call you “CRIF” that’s ok, I’m “CRIF” too…lol. I’d rather be “Crif” than not have Jesus. Jesus is all you need! Call upon Him today! Say YES TO JESUS!

God’s Love and God’s Pleasure

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 So it’s been quite a while since I actually wrote something but today I decided to, not because I just felt like it but because there is something I want to share with you, with the world.  I actually wrote this a while ago and shared it with a few loved ones but I decided to write it here also because I believe these are truths everyone needs to know. What I am sharing is something which really hit me hard and something I have to learn which has changed my perspective on a lot of things and I hope it blesses you. This piece of writing basically talks about the difference between God’s love and God’s pleasure.

I know most of us, if not all, know that God loves us unconditionally and we can’t do anything to make Him love us anymore than He already does and conversely, we can’t do anything to make Him love us any less. However, I believe we are in charge of how pleased God is with us. God’s pleasure in us is not unconditional like His love for us but rather it is based on our behavior.

God’s love for us is unconditional and unchanging, true, we are told that in His word. In Jesus’ prayer before the night of His crucifixion (John 17:23) He prayed to God and said “…and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved me.” I smiled when I first read this scripture because of the amazing truth that God loves me as much as He loves Jesus which is almost too much to comprehend. His love for us isn’t based on our behavior but rather on His character of faithfulness. In Romans 5:8 we are also told that “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Also John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  I can go on and share many scriptures that talk about God’s unconditional love for us but I’d rather not bore you with that🙂 . All of us must never forget or doubt the love God has for us. No matter what happens in our lives, we need to remember that God’s love for us is unconditional and not based on our performance. His love is a constant love that never fades or ends🙂. However many of us have subconsciously concluded that since God loves us unconditionally it automatically means he is pleased with us, which is not true.

I believe we are responsible for how pleased God is with us. In other words, God’s pleasure in us is based on our choices in life. The great Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:9 “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” In other words Paul is saying that it must be our goal to please God. In all that we do, we must make it our aim/goal to please God. Our life goal as children of God is to please Him in everything we do and we must all be passionate in our pursuit to be fully pleasing to God regardless of our conditions. A great man of God put it this way “Cheerfully pleasing God should be the driving motivation in the life of every believer and nothing else should take preeminence over this purpose.” I don’t know about you but my greatest satisfaction comes from when I know God is pleased with me. Just as we desire to please our mothers and fathers, our truest desire must be to please God.

I hope you are not getting bored because I am only now starting😀

One thing about pleasing God is that we will be rewarded for it and that’s the main reason why Paul exhorts us to please God. Paul makes it clear in 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 exactly why as believers we must be well pleasing to God. He says

“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” We are all advised to live lives pleasing to God because one day He will judge us. Don’t get me wrong, if you have received Jesus Christ into your life, He is your savior and your sins have been washed away. But one day we will all stand before God as a firm judge. Every believer will go to heaven, that may be  true, but we will also stand individually before God who will judge us and ask us what we did as followers of Christ. Rewards will be given based on what was done while we were on earth. What this scripture is therefore saying is that, we will each receive what we deserve.

What I am saying here is not just related to us not living sexually immoral lives, or lying, stealing, cheating, drinking, etc… but I am also talking about our labor as believers in Christ Jesus. As believers, having accepted Christ, we have been forgiven for our sins. However, we will be rewarded on that day, or suffer loss, for our labor as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. This is not philosophy, it is scriptural, and Colossians 2:6-7 teaches us that “as we have received Christ, we must walk in Him, rooted and built up in the faith” and 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 says “Now if anyone builds on this foundation (Christ Jesus) with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day of Christ will declare it because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss but he himself will be saved, but only as one who has passed through fire.”  This scripture actually shocked me and I had the “What?! Moment” because I hadn’t really been told this, well I had heard and read similar things but was never as shocked as I was when I read this scripture and never understood it like this.

Now referring to 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, when you put fire under wood, hay or straw they are devoured and no longer exist, but if you put fire under gold, silver or precious stones, they are purified and will endure. As believers we will be rewarded based on what we did here on earth, based on our performance. We would all go to heaven but we won’t be rewarded equally.

We are saved because of Jesus’ blood and what He did for us on the cross. Our sins have been paid for. Salvation was God’s gift and was not based and will never be based on our works. But we must not confuse salvation with eternal rewards and losses. John Bevere puts it this way, “what we do with the cross determines where we’ll spend eternity. However, the way we live as believers will determine how we’ll spend it.”

Paul wrote that there will be people who are truly saved by the grace of God because they received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, but they will get to the judgment seat and lose all the rewards God desired for them. These saints will not lose heaven but will lose their rewards because they didn’t do what pleased God. He also says that there are the saints who will be rewarded greatly because of how they built their lives on Jesus Christ and did what pleased God. Too many Christians are ignorant of this truth. God desires for us to receive full rewards.

The Apostle John wrote in 2 John 1:8 “Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.” I don’t know about you but I want a full reward when I get to heaven.

God has set goals for each one of us, He has set goals for our lives. There are things God wants us to do on earth before Christ comes. David said in Psalm 139:16 “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” From this scripture we realize that not only are we told that God planned our paths beforehand but also “we should walk in them.” I get excited because of the glorious revelation that we are not told that “we would walk in them” but rather that “we should walk in them.” As far as I’m concerned there is a huge difference between “should” and “would”. In other words free will comes into effect here because fulfilling these assignments and the work God has called us to do is not automatic. There are choices we need to make, things we need to do in order to get there. We have to cooperate.

Knowing God’s will for our lives gives us the ability to please Him. God has set extraordinary goals for us and it is up to us to discover what they are through prayer, meditating on His word and through close fellowship with His Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 3:9 we are called “God’s fellow workers.” We must all search out our personal assignments and move towards them, praying, believing God, laboring diligently, walking on the right path God has placed before us, the path which we are to walk, not going astray, not choosing to do what will please us and not please God, but rather choose to do what will please God at all times and not give up.

The Christian life we are called to live is not that of “take it as it comes and live the best you can.” Rather we must seek to fulfill God’s specific plans for our lives. It’s not just about being born again. We must labor in the good works we have been called to do.

Finally, Paul stated in Ephesians 5:17, “Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.” Another version says “Don’t be stupid. Instead find out what the Lord wants you to do.”

Let us all as believers find out what God wants us to do, we must grasp it and do it to His glory. Being saved is not enough. Some of us may know or probably have a fair idea of what God wants us to do, we must be sure to stay on that path and aim to please God. Some may not know at all but let us keep praying, reading and meditating on His word. Let us continue to walk with Him and ask Him to reveal what it is He wants us to do. This should be done in every area of our lives and in whatever situation we find ourselves. In our academics, relationships, in our future plans etc…

Depending on who you are and the beliefs you hold you may find this to be rather riveting or maybe even surreal. For me, I find this to be absolute truth, and there are scriptural references to prove so. I want to live a life of purity and walk blameless in the sight of God but not only do I want live a pure life, with clean hands and a clean heart but I want to know what the will of God is concerning my life and do that which He has called me to do and expects me to do here on earth. I don’t want to be foolish and ignorant of what God wants me to do, of His will for me and the plans He has for me. I want to understand and firmly grasp what His plans are for me and stay on the path which He has placed before me. Not just grasp it for a while and let it go but firmly grasp it as the apostle Paul said and fulfill that which He desires for me till the day I see Him face to face.

I want to live the extraordinary life God has called me to live…in my family, in my friendships with others, in my love life, in my academics, in my career…in everything that I do and more especially to that which He has called me to do. I want to be one of the saints who not only makes it to heaven but also receives the full rewards God desires for me to have, and hear God say “well done my good and faithful servant, indeed I am well pleased.” And when I hear that I’ll probably say with tears running down my cheeks “Oh thank You Papa! I have waited for this day for so long!”

There is a song I like to sing by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir titled “I’ll say yes” and from the beginning we understand that it is a song of surrender in order that God can take control of our lives, in order that His will be done in our lives and it says “I’ll say yes Lord, I’ll say yes…to Your will Lord and to Your way, I’ll say yes. Where You lead me, I will go…I’ll say yes Lord, I’ll say yes.”

Whatever God calls you to do, be it now or later, whatever He reveals to You ask Him to give you the strength to do what He wants you to do and help you go through whatever comes your way because believe me, there will be tests, there will be trials you will go through…but don’t give up. If God hasn’t given up on you what in the world makes you think you should give up on yourself?

I learned this the hard way but let us all remember that our aim is to please God, not ourselves. There is a scripture which God has placed on my heart and one that I love so much, and I’m running with this scripture throughout the year and the rest of my life and it is in 2 Corinthians 12:9 which says “My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”  

What more do I need? When God Himself tells me that His grace is sufficient for me, in other words His grace is enough for me and I don’t need anything else  but I have all that I need and also what else can I say when He tells me that His strength is made perfect in my weakness. For me that is deep because God did not say He has given me His strength up to a certain level or a certain point neither did He say He has given me some of His strength. I have the full strength of Jehovah made perfect in my weakness! When this scripture hits you (and I pray it does🙂 ) you need to celebrate!!! And thank God! The word perfect means flawless, impeccable, unspoiled, unadulterated, without fault! Whenever we feel weak, we need to remind ourselves that this is God’s promise to us and we must also remind Him of what He has promised us.

I have two favorite scriptures in the bible My first favorite Bible verse is Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has started a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” My second favorite bible verse is Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good?” These words really minister to me because sometimes on our journey with God and in working towards fulfilling His heart’s desire and His will for our lives the journey gets tough and there may be obstacles along the way but these two scriptures keep me going and give me so much confidence, being as bold as a lion, not giving up but continuing that journey and staying on the path to fulfill God’s calling for my life no matter what may come my way in order that I may please my Father, my Creator, my Lord.

Don’t forget that everything we do, we do to the glory of our Father, our maker, our Lord, our Savior. We must offer our lives in total surrender to God and to His will for us, making it our aim to please Him in all that we do. Stay blessed!.🙂

The Man Who Won My Heart

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they want to feel loved and cared for. Being a girl growing up I definitely wanted that. Growing up with all sorts of experiences I had encountered I didn’t think there was a man out there who could “take my breath away.”  I never really thought there was someone with a love so pure and undefiled who could love me in spite of my background or class, who could love me and care for me in spite of my wrongs, my imperfections and my frailties. I never thought it would be possible for to me to come across such a person who could bestow such love…that was just a fantasy. But I was wrong.

It was not a fantasy…no it wasn’t. Neither was it a mere dream. It is something that became a reality in my life because along my journey in this life I met him. I met this man who swept me off my feet and took my breath away showering such great love on me that I could have never imagined. Oh my! Such great love! This is a man who does not hold any form of wrong doing against me and never puts my imperfections and frailties in front of me…oh how he loves me! I was amazed in the beginning and thought to myself okay this might die out (knowing I had a lot of working on myself to do)…but he proved otherwise. This is a man who is always there for me 24/7 and never leaves my side. I have His attention all day and all night. He gives me everything I need, everything a lady could ask for. His affections for me are beyond what my mere words and limited vocabulary can describe. He comforts me when I am down and rejoices with me when I am happy. He listens to me at all times and answers me when I call. He chastises me when I do wrong but doesn’t leave me to figure things out on my own. He stays with me and sees me through every step of the way, making sure I am taking the right steps to get to where I am supposed to be. If someway somehow in my stubbornness I find myself going off again he patiently waits for me to come back and just says “no baby, you have to come back…that’s not the way.” All because he loves me!

This love is pure, beautiful and undefiled. This is a man who I can tell all my failures and wrongs to and not have him walk out on me or leave me because of mistakes I made and keep making, but is more than willing to work things out with me and help see me through in becoming the person God wants me to be. *sigh* what heights of love! It’s been years since I met this man and I am still trying to fathom this great love. Love so amazing. Love I had never come across (looking for it in all the wrong places) till I met him. I can say His love is so tangible; it is His love that I have encountered that makes me the changed person that I am today and makes me work towards becoming yet a better person. It is this love he shows towards me that makes me submit to him and give him all of me. It is this love that he has shown towards me and continues to show towards me that makes me want to be like him and also give out this kind of love that is so pure and undefiled. This love that is not just in words or the things he says but in his deeds/actions. He never walks out on me. It is clearly seen that this man loves me. Oh how he loves me! How he cares for me! How he thinks of me! His patience and kindness is more than what I could ever ask for.

He has no pride and has his days when he gets jealous for me😉 but all the same he lets me like whoever I want to like or love whoever I want to love but never putting them before him because he is my “number 1”. This man I tell you is the man who won my heart. This man is the only man who did not just say he would die for me to try and impress or flatter me but actually did. He suffered for me; he died for me and gave himself up for me in order to save me from death. What manner of love is this that he should do such a thing? Take his own life just for me. As if that was not enough, up from the grave he rose again and he gave me an inheritance so great it lasts till eternity. What manner of love is this? Now I am His and He is mine!

After I met him, I knew what love was and experienced it first-hand through him. Now I know that there is someone who can love me in spite of me. In spite of my wrongs, my mistakes and my failures and in spite of the silly things I say and do. This man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of the living God whom I serve is the man who won my heart. Till this day, I am still trying to wrap my mind around this love. But now I know what love is and what it means, having experienced it and still experiencing it I can give out this love as well. After all, I love because He first loved me. Being bestowed with this love, it is indeed the only kind of love I choose to give out, a sacrificial love that is so pure. All the days of my life, as I continually walk in this love with my Jesus, I choose to give this same love out because as He is so am I in this world and He is love. In every sense of the word, He is love. Thus on His love do I stand.

It is said that people from two totally different backgrounds cannot possibly love each other neither can they be together/walk together…people usually say “IT JUST WON’T WORK OUT.” Clearly such people have not come to understand the extent of Christ’s love or have a very vague understanding of it because I have seen it and encountered this love graciously bequeathed on me by the man who won my heart-JESUS CHRIST! This man who, from a totally different background with a totally different mindset and understanding being the King of kings and Lord of lords did not consider it robbery to lower Himself for my sake. A rich man with all the wealth and treasures you can possibly think of became poor just for me. A man so pure had so much love for a girl like me, who was so unclean till I met Him and encountered His love. Clearly he didn’t care where I was from or who my family was or even where He was from. All that mattered to Him was that He loved me and saw me worthy of and deserving of His love even unto death. This is the man who makes all things new in my life, the one I am totally surrendered to and submit to, and all the days of my life I will forever walk in this love, follow Him and love Him always. Because of His love I can face any challenge that comes my way and in Him I can do all things. What else can a girl ask for?🙂 There is indeed none like Him. Now my whole life is all about Him-the man who won my heart-JESUS CHRIST!

Ladies, gentlemen, the love of Christ is deeper than we can imagine and as His children He has called us to love one another even as He has loved us. Jesus did command us saying “love your neighbor as you love yourself,” but He also instructed us saying in John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” We who are born of God and have our faith in Christ must live under HIS commandment being that we must love one another as HE loved us. Not love one another based on what our limited understanding of what love is or should be or what someone has said in a book what love is and should be but we must go to our very foundation for which we even live today- CHRIST! And what He has instructed us to do concerning love. Being that He is the very essence of love and the very demonstration of what love is. If you want to love or know how to love, don’t seek information from books and articles first, go to the word of God and gain understanding from the word of God. After all, Christ instructed us to love one another just as He loved us but we cannot be able to give out this love if we do not even know how He loved us and understand its depth.

Let us not love based on our selfish desires and pride, rather let us love one another as Christ loved us. The love of Christ, the man who won my heart🙂 is what we must base our love on. Take your time to know this Jesus and get to understand how much He loves you and what He has done for you and you will be amazed. Then, will you be able to love others just as He loved you. In all humility and no pride; a love so pure and undefiled, selfless and not selfish.

My love, my comforter, my peace, my savior, my Lord, my hope, my joy, my everything.

In awe of the man who won my heart-JESUS CHRIST!

Half Time!

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Today marks the beginning of the second half of the year. I decided to use today to reflect on my life in the past six months. The ups and downs, the good and bad, the opportunities gained and the ones lost, the relationships built and the relationships lost, the achievements as well as failures, disappointments and mistakes made… but most importantly I began to reflect on my relationship with God and my journey in this life as a Christian. I must say spending time today looking back at all these things right from 1st January, 2013 – 30th June, 2013 helped me see certain things I had so easily overlooked.

First of all I know that many people started this year but some unfortunately are not here today to see this day. Many people did not make it to even see the first quarter of this year. Just knowing that God has kept, protected and  preserved me makes me burst out with so much gratitude. Giving thanks to God for His grace and mercy which kept me. What makes it even more meaningful to me is being able to recognize that it is only because of His mercy and grace which kept me and nothing else. I am alive today and have seen the first half of the year 2013 end not because of anything I have done  but it’s all because of His grace and His mercy and I think we all need that half time. Where we just sit back and ponder on the goodness of God and His grace.

It is this God who brought me this far. Honestly the more I looked back on the past 6 months, the more I began to see the hand of God in my life and in my affairs and to be honest it brought tears to my eyes because I began to see more and more the faithfulness of this God that I serve which actually took me to my knees because I was in awe. Yes, I was in awe of this God that I serve and live for, this God that has been so faithful to me even in times when I was so unfaithful. This God who wrapped me in His arms whenever I was wounded and broken, This God who proved Himself to be my only source of strength. This God, yes this God who is able to love me unconditionally even in my imperfections and stay right by my side, never letting go and not giving up on me even when I failed Him a million times.

This is the God that I serve! And believe me there is none like Him! No! Not one! None can be compared to Him. No human being nor foreign god can be compared to the Creator of the universe. The more I thought about it, the more I cried because I know where I have been in these past 6 months and I have seen God take me out of the deepest and darkest pits and still stick with me in my imperfections. Unlike human beings, friends and loved ones who so easily run away because of a few imperfections they see in us, even those you expect to stick closest to you leave because of a few mistakes or imperfections, this God that I serve promised in His word in Hebrews 13:5 that “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” I love how the  Amplified version puts it, it says:

“I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake you nor let you down (relax my hold on you)! (Assuredly not!)”-Hebrews 13:5

Wow! What manner of love is this? We can be rest assured that even if the whole world forsakes us, even if those we are closest to and those we love so dearly forsake us the God that we serve will not! We need to understand the seriousness of that statement and of God’s promise to us!

As I continued to reflect on the past few months and the faithfulness of God, the more my desire, longing and thirst for Him increased and out of nowhere there was this great excitement and confidence concerning my journey in this world as a Christian. I am excited at what God has in store for me in the days, weeks and months ahead. I am excited at what God has begun in me and what He is doing in my life. No I am not perfect, still a working progress and I’m still on the path to becoming the woman God called me to be. However I believe that in Christ there is perfection and I believe that as I continue to lean on God’s constant love and faithfulness and not on man He will see me through to that expected end.

We all need a “half time” moment in our lives and we need to pause for a while and forget about the busyness of this life and just reflect on the goodness of God and on all that He has done for us and we will be amazed! It brings a sigh of relief to know that there is a God who loves us so much and will always be there for us no matter what. Everyone needs a half time. If you haven’t already given yourself a half time please just take a moment to do so. We all need that half time!